Dr. Birte Lipinski
Head of Department for Research and Transfer

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Prof. Dr. Maja Brückmann

Professionalisation Processes in Teacher Education

Professionalisation Processes in Teacher Education

The research area professionalization processes in teacher education focusses on the specific and cumulative development of competencies based on demands of the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

These competencies include the subject based as well as the educational structuring of learning environments, their adaptation to the requirements of learners, the teaching, diagnosing and reflecting on one's own teaching activities and the learning activities of school pupils.

Furthermore, the main focus offers the framework for a critical-constructive dialogue between competence-oriented approaches as well as structural theoretical and professional biographical research perspectives on professionalization processes. The profile-building study programs of the teaching profession, the Master of Education and also the dual-subject Bachelor, form the research field in which students of teacher education can also participate in research processes via research-based learning.

Research desiderata are:

  • Research on the status of professionalization and the course of professionalization processes;
  • Research on the modelling of professionalization processes and structures for the promotion of professional    competencies as well as
  • Research on the output of professionalization measures.

This research is taking place:

  • in structured state and federal programs and also in projects for teacher professionalization (process-related in the graduate programs “GINT – STEM-Learning in Informal Environments”; “ProfaS – Processes of Educational Structuring” and “LÜP – Learning in Transition – empirical analysis and modelling of practical phases in Teacher Education” financed by the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK);
  • in the project OLE + that is part of the federal government-Länder (states) program Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung (Teacher Training Quality Campaign). This program realized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) combines research and development for professionalization in teacher education, the implementation of new theory-practice references and the establishment of a research-based learning attitude in teacher education.

The research activities are characterized by faculty-wide and inter-university (GINT) as well as international cooperation (with Japan or Greece in DAAD projects or in the project Dimensions of Diversity in Teacher Education with the Netherlands and South Africa, which is also funded by the DAAD).

The knowledge transfer into the region is realized through networks and cooperation with schools and also with extracurricular learning locations and other educational institutions in the north-west region of Germany. STEM education is to be further strengthened and anchored in the northwest region through extracurricular offers for children and young people supported by the recently acquired regional STEM-cluster AHOI-MINT (funded by the BMBF).

The potentials in this field of research lie primarily in the networking of the diverse regional and supra-regional research activities as well as in the interdisciplinary cooperation between the subject-specific didactics, the educational sciences and the specific scientific disciplines, which is reinforced by various thematic research groups.

The self-financed graduate program “Teacher Education 2040: Dimensions of the Professionalization of Teachers from an Interdisciplinary Perspective” aims at the integration of different research perspectives at the Research Academy of the Centre for Teacher Education (DiZ).

The cooperative approach of this graduate program promises new accents in using existing potentials for teacher education research in Oldenburg and to implement it in research projects in order to develop innovative research perspectives in professionalization research, e.g. on language sensitivity in educational processes, on non-formal, extracurricular and lifelong learning and teaching to establish or further expand on the facets of heterogeneity or on the digitization of teaching-learning processes.

The central location for bundling these potentials is the DiZ-Research Academy, which structurally and organizationally supports the interdisciplinary research projects.

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